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Shades of Christmas

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…..more colors of the season! While autumn speaks to warm and earthy tones, Christmas is a time for luxury, sparkle and rich, bold hues. Inspiration is absolutely everywhere! One of the simplest ways to transform your space is through color.

When working with my Interior Design clients, I am frequently called upon to develop a color palette. I’m never without my Benjamin Moore fan-deck!  There are so many wonderful ways to incorporate color; paint the walls, the trim, a light fixture, accessories or a piece of furniture. This season, I’ve been inspired by an array of colors in ornaments, home décor and gifts…..

Christmas ornaments always make me happy! What I love most are the whimsical shapes and beautiful colors. This collection of ornaments is so vibrant; a veritable rainbow. The hot pink, bright blue and happy green tones are fantastic!

1348 Razzle Dazzle

791 Paddington Blue

427 Napa Vineyards

Gingerbread is a Christmas classic! Why not envelop your room in a warm caramel color. Red is a happy and gorgeous compliment.

1118 Classic Caramel

Stockings should always be hung by the chimney with care, and these Jester stockings are adorable! Red and green is the ultimate Christmas color combination.

1308 Red Parrot

538 Vienna Green

While ornaments bursting with personality are certainly inspiring, why not look to rich neutrals as a way to express your family’s story? This pillow may be simple in design, but its tones reflect a feeling of calm that would be the perfect back drop to any number of complimentary colors.

HC-79 Greenbriar Beige

One of the season’s greatest luxuries is warm and sumptuous shearling. Several of these colors would be fantastic on your walls, but they all lend themselves to being infused throughout your home by way of throw pillows and blankets, artwork and accessories.

1342 Mardi Gras



1117 Guest House

HC 71 Hasbrouk Brown

1588 Gray Pinstripe

1603 Graphite


With so many amazing inspirations all around us, it’s easy to bring a little bit of the season into every room in our homes.

More Christmas inspiration, more bold hues, more rich neutrals, more creating beautiful homes……

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Beautiful Christmas Urns and Outdoor Decor……

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…….more seasonal outdoor décor! The holidays always give me that warm fuzzy feeling. I love hanging our stockings from our mantle (with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there), unwrapping our favorite ornaments and trimming our trees. Because more of everything is always better, I love to pay a little attention to our front porch too.


This year Chuck and I made outdoor decorating an event with Christmas carols playing on my iPod while we sipped champagne in our parkas and worked through the night. It was the perfect way to spend a quiet Sunday evening……


I usually start with garland around our front door. This year, I decided to wrap the 22’ of roping with 250 twinkling lights, a dozen red and green ornaments and a great big green leopard bow. I secured it all to the garland using inexpensive floral wire. It looked great and was so easy!

Last year when we filled our urns with winter greens, I was excited to incorporate these fantastic red bamboo stalks and gigantic Christmas bells. To see that design please visit me at


This time around, I wanted to do something a little different. I found some really fun green butterfly ornaments that I wanted to feature in my arrangements, so in addition to a great variety of greenery, I chose tall and willowy Dogwood branches as an elegant anchor.


After a visit to the nursery we came home with a trunk full of Dogwood, cedar, white pine, balsam and, if I were a master gardener, something else that I would know that name of branches.

In a wide mouthed urn filled with tightly packed dirt (or floral oasis), we started by securing the Dogwood branches in the center, along with our base layer of cedar branches around the perimeter of the urn.

You’ll want to have a pair of pruning sheers handy to trim the branches down to size, placing the largest branches on the bottom and reserving the smaller ones for use as filler at the end of the project.

Because we have a pair of urns, we tried to make each arrangement as similar as possible.

The second layer we worked with was the white pine. They have such a pretty and soft texture. Again, we reserved the smaller branches to use as filler later.

Our third layer was the balsam pine because those branches have a lot of structure and they helped our arrangement really take shape.

Now it was time to start filling in with some personality. After a quick stop at the craft store I found a few more embellishments. Ultimately, I used the additional short thick branches from the nursery, the sparkly gold stems, the tall, red glitter, curly-que stems and all of our little leftover pieces. The whole idea was to make the arrangement really full and luscious.

Once we were satisfied, all that was left was to hang the green butterfly ornaments. They were absolutely beautiful!

To complete our outdoor décor, there were a few final finishing touches.

I tossed a few Christmas throw pillows on the bench and had a little something special planned for the side table.

To continue my red and green theme from the garland and the arrangements of winter greens, I filled three lanterns with red and green ornaments and topped the two red lanterns with leopard bows. They were adorable!

Now that the outdoors is ready to welcome a spectacular holiday season, I’d better get moving on the inside.

More welcoming the holidays, more creative and quality time spent with Chuck, more merry making, more outdoor seasonal décor…..

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Butterflies are free to fly, but to purchase them costs American dollars

Boy, oh boy, I’m telling you the kids these days sure do live large. It is Saturday afternoon and once again I’ve set up shop at a local Starbucks, all the while my mountain of ironing and a monstrous mound of laundry is bursting through the doors of my laundry shoot, beckoning me to come home (stacked so high that when the kids slide the next pile through the hole upstairs they are greeted with the top of the pile; of course, if they ever wore anything for more than five seconds and realized that a towel can be used more than once, if hung up to dry, rather than discarded on the floor to grow mold and mildew, there might not be quite so much laundry. Also, you may be wondering what’s up with me and the ironing?  I love the peaceful process of ironing and the sense of accomplishment. And I like all things to be neat and orderly. You know me, more of everything, including issues with OCD.).

So, for today’s quota of pleasure and entertainment, Amanda and her gal pals are celebrating a friend’s birthday by enjoying spa services and lunch; very lovely and generous of the birthday girls family, and quite civilized. When I was a girl, on the birthday party circuit, things were much different. I’m racking my brain trying to remember if I ever attended a party that wasn’t in someone’s home where we didn’t eat boiled hot dogs or sandwiches, play pin the tail on the donkey and eat home made cake? Nothing comes to mind, so my version of the story is going to be: no, I did not. I also walked to school up hill, both ways, in the snow without boots. Waa, waa, waa.

While I sit and wait, rather than troll the mall, I can’t wait to tell you all about my special find. I have an affinity for just about everything, but I am particularly drawn to insects (the decorative kind, not the creepy crawlers), and especially butterflies. I have loved them ever since I was in grammar school when Sister Jo Anne, a very hip and groovy nun that did not where a habit, but funk-adelic polyester as it was the 70’s, read to my class, “If you know a Vanessa….(everyone turned to stare at me, and I was terribly and painfully shy, so by then I was sliding under my desk to hide. I always hated my name and desperately wanted to be named something normal like Mary or Kathy), her name means butterfly.” Butterflies are beautiful, and colorful, and graceful and lovely. Yay me. I have been collecting butterfly themed items for years. I have a lovely collection of framed antique butterfly, dragonfly and insect prints that float up the wall of the stairs going to our second floor. There are about 47 of them so far, and it’s a nightmare to dust them and keep the frames all straight, rather than slightly askew (Wrigley and the children are forever running in to them as they fly down the stairs), but I just don’t care. They make me happy.

Well, this Christmas my friend and neighbor Missy was with her family doing a little shopping downtown Chicago, and stumbled across a special treasure; butterfly ornaments! Not just a butterfly, but a butterfly that is an enormous 10” square with a textured tiger print pattern on its wing span. How awesome! When she saw it, she said she knew she had to get it for me just for fun. If there’s something I love almost as much as butterflies it’s a saucy animal print, and it was perfect because I have a tiger print runner going up our staircase along side my floating butterfly collection! Needless to say I loved it! Thanks Miss!

Also needless to say is that after Christmas I high tailed it over to Marshall Field’s (though I guess they still insist on calling it Macy’s) to track down more butterflies. It only took stalking the Oak Brook store and the flag ship State Street store to amass a collection of 16 of these beauties. Now I have a flock (or is that just for sheep?).

The question then becomes: What exactly does one do with 16, 10”, tiger print butterflies? I don’t know yet. For now they are carefully and safely tucked away in their very own Rubbermaid box in the attic while I thoughtfully consider that dilemma. Maybe on a tree, maybe intertwined in garland draped along the banister. So many butterflies, so many possibilities……..

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